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Fri, Jun 12 1:50pm · SBRT vs. Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy in Prostate Cancer

@dandl48 I was 75 when I had a similar discussion / consult with a PCa surgeon. It was the discussion with the surgeon that was decisive for my decision to do radiation. My Proton Beam radiation at Mayo was completed in March. It was the correct decision.

Fri, Jun 12 1:44pm · SBRT vs. Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy in Prostate Cancer

@bruto1 This is a superb post. Thanks for taking the time to write it.

Thu, Apr 23 12:22am · Anyone had Proton Beam SBRT radiation at Mayo Clinic? in Prostate Cancer

@cmartin65 No, for me, a 5 treatment regimen was not discussed. Side effects from the proton beam treat were not really noticeable. The side effects I noticed were the expected ones from Lupron. I think I experienced all of those. 😊

Wed, Apr 22 5:22pm · Anyone had Proton Beam SBRT radiation at Mayo Clinic? in Prostate Cancer

In reply to @coleenyoung @cmartin65 and others, I just finished four weeks ago with 39 daily proton beam treatments at Mayo Phoenix. The entire experience was excellent.
I had read of potential side effects, including urinary and bowel issues. For me, any side effects were minor and did not include any urinary or bowel issues at all. Throughout treatment, I felt very good was able to continue essentially the same routine as before treatment — except of course, carving out the time to go to and from Mayo for treatment. I even got in a couple rounds of golf. The doctors, nurses and techs were excellent as well.
I give much credit for my good experience to the proton beam technology, that minimizes extraneous radiation that could impact the colon, urethra, bladder, etc.
I am grateful proton beam therapy was available for my treatment at Mayo, that my insurance and Medicare would cover it, and that I now consider myself a “cancer survivor!”

Sun, Apr 19 10:54pm · Effects of Zoladex in Prostate Cancer

@jap57 You perfectly described my experience with Lupron. My six-month shot was in December, so the effects should start diminishing in June. Worth it. This will pass.

Sat, Apr 4 12:02pm · Have you tried to quit smoking while undergoing treatment? in Cancer

@danab This is so inspiring. Can’t tell you how happy it makes me to hear your story.

Thu, Mar 26 9:12pm · What is the average age of the gentlemen on here? in Prostate Cancer

Personally, I am 76. Just finished 8 weeks of radiation 2 days ago. Over the past few months, I’ve met many men in their 50’s being treated.

Here’s what the Cancer Society says about incidence by age:

Risk of prostate cancer

About 1 man in 9 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

Prostate cancer is more likely to develop in older men and in African-American men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men who are 65 or older, and it is rare in men under 40. The average age at diagnosis is about 66.